NORMAN — There came a sound of high school football as the sun rose above the clouds and a train whistle howled.
At the center of it all, standing on the edge of Norman North's midfield logo, was quarterback David Cornwell. Cornwell was silent but the sticks for his air drums were whipping out an intense but steady rock beat.
It was one of those rare moments when the new quarterback for the Timberwolves was not messing with a football in his hands.
After a controversial offseason involving questions of his eligibility, Cornwell, who moved to Norman North from Jones, smiled when he said he was happy practice was starting.
“Just get back to football,” the Alabama commitment said. “Just you and the guys.”
Just after 7 a.m. Norman North starts its first official practice of the 2013 season, months after losing in the Class 6A state finals last year. The Timberwolves' 2013 goal: work for a championship.
As Norman North coach Wade Standley tells his team later: “They don't just give ‘em away.”
7:24 a.m. Kenny Chesney's “Boys of Fall” replaces the sound of trains. The Timberwolves are running through passing drills.
Not every pass that Cornwell sends off is caught, but that's because his passes are going so fast, the wide receivers are a half second late getting their hands up. They run slant, post, curl and corner routes as Cornwell, slings them off.
Cornwell might be the big-name new kid that most are getting to know, but he's easy to spot. Despite the laser throw and the plentiful inches he commandeers over his teammates and coaches, he's wearing a pair of Calvin Johnson 81 Nike cleats he received from ESPN's Elite 11. They are the color of a new tennis ball.
8:16 a.m. The Timberwolves work on their handoffs from Cornwell. This may be Day 1, but there's no time to waste.